So you want to write a novel… but where do you start?

The world is full of people who really want to write. For some, it’s a burning ambition. They dream about days of sitting in front of their computer (or even more whimsically, in their attic – with pencil and notebook), having great ideas and getting them all down on paper. Some of it is like that. It’s exciting seeing your ideas grow and develop and watching the words appear on the page – sometimes it’s as if your sub-conscious has taken over and when you read back your latest chapter you think “where the hell did THAT come from?”. It’s a wonderful experience. With the growth of self-publishing and the ease with which any writer can publish their work, that dream can become a reality. But where do you start?

What makes a perfect thriller?

Asking that question is a bit like asking “What makes a man sexy?” or “What makes a plate of food delicious?” because for each of us, the answer is different. And that’s just the way it should be. With that in mind, I will say at the outset that all the opinions stated in this post are entirely my own. When I started to write this, I realised I was prefacing every paragraph with “In my opinion” or “For me,”  – so can we please take it as read that this is just what works for me and is in no way a definitive list of prerequisites for a good thriller. The first thing that occurs to me is the range of books that are often classed as thrillers. I love all crime books, providing they are well written. But not that many of them actually make my spine tingle,

Book Launch: the new novel from Rachel Abbott – THE BACK ROAD

I am delighted to announce that my new novel – The Back Road – has been launched in the UK! For those who loved Only the Innocent, you will no doubt be pleased to hear that Tom Douglas is making a reappearance. In The Back Road, he is taking a sabbatical, but it doesn’t stop him from getting involved when he knows that there is a mystery to solve – and in the next book, he’s back in the police and ready for action. Here’s what it’s all about: One girl is fighting for her life in hospital. One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.